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December 15, 2010

Holiday gift guide -- ten at a time

bergerI'll be posting as many holiday gift ideas and resources as I can today. I'll be delivering them in batches of 10, and I'll be mixing local with mail-order, and one-stop shops with blogger's guides. Meanwhile, send me some more ideas.

Berger Cookies

Friday, December 17th is the last day to order with a guarantee of delivery by Christmas. The Winter Wonderland tin goes for $19.99.

Chef's Catalog

How about a trifle bowl? You could show up at a holiday party with a beautiful holiday trifle and tell your hosts to keep the bowl.

Endangered Species Chocolates

Stocking up on a few of these holiday-appropriate canisters of dark-chocolate covered pretzels strikes me as a good idea for last-minute bringing and giving.


Actually, this site's holiday gift guide is a little clunky, but I liked this featurette on holiday wines for giving and bringing

Find. Eat. Drink. 

If your name rhymes with Flike Romipelli, please do not look at the keen gift guide this accessibly slick website put together.

Food 52

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs are churning out their holiday gift guide in batches. Caveat: many of their ideas involve work on your part. 


The indispensable guide to Howard County dining posted these tips for holiday gifts. I like the idea of a chef's jacket from Sysco Systems.

Ruth Reichl

Reichl has been posting a gift idea a day every day since November 28th. The post for Day 18 is a paella pan. That's a good idea.

Tasty Bite

Because they're shelf-stable, Tasty Bite's Indian meals ready-to-eat make good gifts for college students (and campers, too). The company knows that, and they have a College Care gift kit on their website.

Thai Supermarket Online

One-stop shopping for the home Thai cook. I like the idea of the Thai Restaurant Kit, a starter kit of basic ingredients, because I'm the type of guy who will abandon a Thai-cooking hobby if I can't get my hands on one ingredient out of forty.

Baltimore Sun photo/Glenn Fawcett

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 10:39 AM | | Comments (2)


Here's a link to a paella grill to go along with the paella pan.

very nice!

Tastybite makes a very good product. If you order in bulk they are half the price of Whole Foods. Lunchtopia. Attention vegans: many of the products are vegan and they are quite tasty. [Thai] is amazing for Asian cooking ingredients and cookware. They also have some good Japanese products. The wet Thai curries are amazing. Get on their email list and you will get notified of a $5 flat rate shipping three days a month. That's a good time to order all those weighty bottles.

I got fresh lemongrass and kaifir lime leaves. Delicious.

The Chef Catalog has an insane variety of kitchen gear with some very deep discounts. I got this awesome cheese knife that looks like a Klingon battle weapon.

I used to get Endangered Species chocolate at Ho Foods. I use the web site now and enjoy paying not-full retail price. Plus, the last time I bought something at Ho Foods, it was a Chimp bar or something (they put animals on their packaging and donate money to some animal thing) and I joked to the humorless checkout hippie, "Do think there's real monkey in these?" She snarled at me and said, "Well, maybe, you buying plenty of other murdered animals," pointing to my duck.

I particularly like the Intense Dark Chocolate with Cacao Nibs, the Dark Chocolate with espresso beans, and dark chocolate with hazelnut toffee.

Get on the email lists of these and you will get some special offers like free shipping.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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